Nice win last night. Seattle 4 1/2 back again, Angels still a half-game back.
Jeff Wilson credits Scott Feldman with a quality performance yesterday, coming just one out short of making it through 7 innings.
Evan Grant credits Nelson Cruz with having a big game, despite the fact that he was supposedly to be benched for the fourth straight game. Ron Washington says he's been playing the "hot hands," but refused to say whether Cruz's performance yesterday means he's hot enough to be included in there. However, with lefties starting for Seattle today and tomorrow, I'd be very surprised if Cruz isn't starting both games.
Wilson also have some notes...Cruz has been named to the All Star Game as an injury replacement for Torii Hunter, Matt Purke and Tanner Scheppers aren't close to signing (although Jon Daniels says he expects both to sign), and Dustin Nippert will start on Sunday.
Neftali Feliz was going to pitch Friday, in an effort to get him used to pitching in back-to-back games, but because he may be starting in the Futures Game on Sunday, the Rangers opted to hold him out.
Kevin Sherrington runs down the best and worst for the Rangers in the first half of the season.
Richard Durrett suggests that, given how Jason Jennings has struggled with allowing inherited runners to score, the team may want to bring him in only to start an inning. Although both inherited runners scored yesterday, it is hard to blame Jennings for it, given that he got two ground balls, allowing a bloop, opposite-field double, and then got another grounder.